Not only are the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles battling each other on the field, they are also fighting off the field for a prized trade target.
According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, both the Giants and Dodgers have put forth offers to the Miami Marlins to acquire pitcher Ricky Nolasco.
The Giants are reportedly offering two pitching prospects, but will ask the Marlins to eat a portion of Nolasco’s contract should he be traded to San Francisco.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are putting one pitching prospect on the table, but are willing to take on the $5.7 million salary that Nolasco will make this season, which isn’t surprising at all considering that their ownership has been spending money left and right.
If Nolasco has any say in his destination at all, then the Giants have the edge.
According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Nolasco’s first choice would be to come to the Giants should the Marlins trade him, and all signs point to him being a good fit in San Francisco.
Coming into this season, Nolasco was undefeated (4-0) with a 0.87 ERA at AT&T Park, and Schulman points out that he is a good friend of Giants closer Sergio Romo.
He is 5-8 with a 3.85 ERA this season.
An eight-year veteran, poor Nolasco has spent his entire career with the Marlins and has a career record of 81-72 with a 4.44 ERA.
The Giants, who are in a free-fall right now, are in desperate need of some arms. While acquiring Nolasco sure helps, he can’t single-handedly turn things around for the last-place team in the NL West. Before GM Brian Sabean pulls the trigger on a potential trade, he will need some sort of sign that the Giants can turn their season around.